Seller home improvement guidelines

Homeowners checklist
(print off the check list here)

Making plans to seller your home.  When you and your Realtor have decided on a market price based on current market values, the next thing to visit about is getting your home ready for the market place.  Getting your home in top presentation will get a higher price with a quicker sale.

Potential buyers will get the best impressions if your home is clean, neat, uncluttered and in good repair.  This checklist will help you get your home ready to show.

Here’s some general guidelines:

Clean everything. Cleanliness signals to a buyer that the home has been well cared for and is most likely in good repair.  A messy or dirty home will cause prospective buyers to notice every flaw.

Unclutter your home before you show it.  Have a garage sale.  Empty closets. Throw away what you can’t sell.  The less “stuff” in and around a home, the roomier it will  seem.

Let the light in.  Raise the shades.  Open the blinds.  Pull back the curtains.  Put brighter bulbs in all the lamps if necessary.  Bright, open rooms feel larger and more inviting.  Dark rooms feel small and gloomy.

Let fresh air in.  Get rid of odors that may be unfamiliar or unpleasant.  People are most often offended by odors from tobacco, pets, cooking and musty or sour laundry.  Fresh flowers and potpourri can be used to your advantage.  Other smells that attract positive attention include fresh baked bread and cinnamon.

Fix anything that is broken.  This includes plumbing, electrical systems/switches, windows, screens, doors and fences.  If it can’t be fixed, replace it or get rid of it.  No window screens are better than broken ones.  A buyer will make a much lower offer if your house is in disrepair and will probably still insist that everything be fixed before taking occupancy.  Your better off if you leave potential buyers no reason to offer less than you are asking.

Send pets away or secure them away from the house when prospective buyers are coming.  You never know if people will be annoyed or intimidated by your pets or even allergic to them.  And you never want a prospective buyer  to have to avoid animal droppings.

There is nothing that improves the value of a home for a lower cost than a fresh coat of paint.  And it’s often easier to paint a room than it is to scrub it.  Stick with neutral colors-off white is safest.  Be sure to avoid black, violet and pink.

Fix squeaky floors when you can.  Squeaky floors will be a distraction to buyers looking at your home.

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